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Bo Dickinson is a girl with a wild reputation, a deadbeat dad, and a mama who's not exactly sober most of the time. Everyone in town knows the Dickinsons are a bad lot, but Bo doesn't care what anyone thinks. Agnes Atwood has never gone on a date, never even stayed out past ten, and never broken any of her parents' overbearing rules. Rules that are meant to protect their legally blind daughter -- protect her from what, Agnes isn't quite sure. Despite everything, Bo and Agnes become best friends. And it's the sort of friendship that runs truer and deeper than anything else. So when Bo shows up in the middle of the night, with police sirens wailing in the distance, desperate to get out of town, Agnes doesn't hesitate to take off with her. But running away and not getting caught will require stealing a car, tracking down Bo's dad, staying ahead of the authorities, and-worst of all-confronting some ugly secrets.
Publisher: New York, NY : Scholastic Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 054583113X (hardcover)
9780545831130 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: Y KEPLINGER
Characteristics: 295 pages ; 22 cm


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AL_LAURA Feb 07, 2018

Bonnie+Clyde meets Thelma+Louise. Features a bi main character and blindness representaion

Jul 12, 2017

This book was a nice solid read about girl friendship that really made my heart pretty warm.

Spoilers about why I read it (queer read) though, which is important for folks who are more invested than I was, and some commentary surrounding that:
Bo and Agnes DO NOT date even though it reads as like really homoerotic and with a lot of sexual tension; there's even a line where Agnes sort of thinks about Bo being bi and is like 'it wasn't something I had considered' and I was like OH MY GOD but no, alas, no dating, and while Agnes gets a sex scene with a male character, Bo's 'dating' is left to a single chapter at the end. She IS named as bisexual, though, and she does end up with a girlfriend so? idk, just something to think about. We can't do all things in all stories and I get that but MAN are we missing a 'sweet girl and a girl from the wrong side of the tracks fall in love' lesbian story.

I will also say that the ending felt pretty rushed, especially the final few chapters--like we bumped up against a space limitation and had to wrap up the story quickly. But it was a cute and fluffy story about girls growing up and learning how to be themselves and that was nice, so if you're looking for a quick feel-good read, this is a pretty good start!

AL_JENNIEB Nov 29, 2016

This book is told from two perspectives-Bo from the end of the story, and Agnes from the beginning. Each girl comes from a different background, but they are both looking for a way out of their small town, for their own reasons.

A captivating story, in which the author blurs the lines between "bad girl and "good girl." No one good or bad, everyone is in between.

Sep 08, 2016

This book follows two unlikely best friends who take a road trip. It follows Bo Dickinson who has a wild reputation and Agnes Atwood a sweet blind girl. Both girls want to get out of their small town for different reasons. I liked how it was told in the two girls perspectives and how one girls was the present and the others the backstory to whats happening. It was a really good book, although not my favourite Kody Keplinger book. There was lots of good twists that makes you want to keep reading. Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars. - @Fallenangelhushhush of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

samcmar Jul 09, 2016

I thought this was a great book, and I love the way Keplinger writes friendships. I loved the turn of events, although I found the step up of the novel took a bit of getting used to. This is so different than her previous books, and I appreciate the fact that even though Agnes is blind, she is written as someone so strong, capable, and she doesn't let her disability define her. I also thought Bo was a delight as well, and I loved how their differences contrasted. Interested to see what Keplinger writes next.

TSCPL_LissaS Jul 01, 2016

Kody Keplinger is one of my favorite YA authors and this new book did not disappoint! The story is told in alternating chapters and timelines by Agnes and Bo. Each of the girls slowly reveals themselves and their friend through details in the story. Agnes, who is legally blind, is struggling with the safety constraints her parents place on her as gets closer to high school graduation. Bo, who is part of their small Kentucky towns most notorious family, seeks safety and reassurance that she doesn't have at home. The two girls leave town together in the middle of the night in a borrowed car, but they aren't being completely truthful with themselves or with each other when they RUN.


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